Bug Spray Alternative?

I saw this on pinterest and I was skeptical:

Use alcohol in a spray bottle to kill bugs in your home instead of the toxic stuff. Alcohol dries clean with no oily residue and is more eff...

But to my surprise… It actually worked!

I found a swarm of ants under a pile of toys (The twins had left a crust of bread on the floor and buried it in the toy area. Ugh.)

I sprayed the whole area with the alcohol and the ants all died. Then the alcohol evaporated and nothing was left behind but the dead bugs. 

Bwa ha ha!!

Also it didn’t smell like bug spray, which was cool.

Apparently there are a whole lot of other things you can do with rubbing alcohol. Check out this blog if you are interested.

Still, pinterest has also informed me that rubbing alcohol is TOXIC. (Duh. That’s why I wanted it to kill bugs. So they would be DEAD.)

Rubbing alcohol is toxic and its use and production is terrible for the environment. It is NOT a green cleaning agent. Isopropyl is made from fossil fuels and ethanol-based rubbing alcohol is adulterated with methyl ethyl ketone and acetone.
Rubbing alcohol is toxic and its use and production is terrible for the environment. It is NOT a green cleaning agent. Isopropyl is made from fossil fuels and ethanol-based rubbing alcohol is adulterated with methyl ethyl ketone and acetone.

So, I guess I can’t pat myself on the back for being “green.” Oh well.

But it was cheaper and better smelling than bug spray and that works for me.

Shave the Earth

It’s Pinterest Monday again! Today I’m tackling a tip that’s been circulating with this lovely pic:

Will it work? 1Tbsp of iodine 2% 1Cup of baby oil Rub your hairy area with the mixture and let set for only 5 minutes. Then gently wipe away with a damp cloth. Viola!!!! NO MORE HAIR! -- worth a shot?/Doubtful...
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Is that picture weird or what? Seriously. It looks like Barbie meets Magilla Gorilla.

This is a pinterest dead-end, meaning a picture with no website attached, that carried the comment: “1Tbsp of iodine 2% 1Cup of baby oil Rub your hairy area with the mixture and let set for only 5 minutes. Then gently wipe away with a damp cloth. Viola!!!! NO MORE HAIR! — worth a shot”

I was skeptical of this tip, to say the least. But I dutifully went to the drugstore and purchased 2% iodine and baby oil.

In preparation for this experiment, I also grew my leg hair for a week. Is that dedication, or what?

(No. I did NOT take a picture of my hairy legs. The above image was gross enough, thanks.)

I mixed the two ingredients and put it on my legs, waited, and wiped it off per the instructions. Here are my observations:

  1. Baby oil and iodine do not actually mix; it just makes oil with brown blobs in it.
  2. Iodine stained my white sink with brown splotches.
  3. My legs were still hairy.

My conclusion? DON’T try this. It is not “worth a shot.” I had to soak and scrub the sink like crazy to get that stuff off.

On a more positive note, another pinterest tip worked slightly better.

Is this the truth? Another pinner said: Almost a week since I've shaved and I have stubble is at a minimum. Lifesaver!! Ladies: put down the shaving creams and gels, use baby oil gel. It will change your shave game.
Almost a week since I’ve shaved and I have stubble is at a minimum. Lifesaver!! Ladies: put down the shaving creams and gels, use baby oil gel. It will change your shave game.
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I had never heard of baby oil gel, but it was in the drugstore next to the regular baby oil I bought above.

This worked well, although the gel clogged my razor and did not just rinse off. The razor cleaned off easily enough with soap; however, I sliced my hand open washing it.

(Note to self: Don’t use your bare hands to wipe a sharp blade. Duh.)

And it did keep my legs smooth for an extra day or two. The above claim of a week with no stubble is just ridiculous.

Anyways, the moral of this story is: If you want to get rid of unwanted hair: JUST SHAVE IT OFF!

SHAVE

S’mores Crescent Rolls

I pinned this twice.

Crescent Roll S'mores
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Inside the crescent roll, you are supposed to put chocolate chips, marshmallows, and graham cracker crumbs. Then roll it up and bake for 13 minutes at 375.

The second version involved a muffin pan:

Place unrolled crescent rolls in separate muffin tins. Fill with chocolate chips/hershey kisses, marshmallows, and crushed up graham crackers. Fold to close. Cook at 350 F for approx. 15 minutes.
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Since I obviously really wanted to make these, last night I finally got started.

I also made some stuffed crescent rolls for dinner while I was at it.

Inside the dinner ones I put: a little square of cream cheese, a little cheddar cheese, 1/4 strip of cooked bacon, and a dollop of mayonnaise or mustard.

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These were delicious!

For the dessert roll-ups, I tried mixing the chocolate chips with peanut butter chips or crushed Oreos. (I didn’t have any mini marshmallows.)

It turned out the ones in the muffin tins made a much nicer shape that the ones I tried to roll up by hand, but they all tasted good.

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I guess the verdict is: No mater what you put inside a crescent roll, it comes out yummy!

Can I make my legs prettier?

Going to try this...2tbs cocoa powder (depending in how tan you want to be.) + Any moisturizer + an empty bottle + mix it all together. Good for super light girls.

First off, these are not my legs. (What a shock.)

This is from a picture on pinterest that had no link attached, but claimed in the comments that you can darken your skin with cocoa powder.

Here are my legs.

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Oh come on! Uncover your eyes; they aren’t THAT bad!

The original pin said: “2 tbs cocoa powder (depending in how tan you want to be.) + Any moisturizer + an empty bottle + mix it all together. Good for super light girls.”

At first I didn’t have any cocoa powder, so I tried coffee.

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It seemed like a good idea at the time.

The interesting thing was, once I’d washed all the coffee grounds off, my legs were super smooth. I think it worked as an exfoliator or something. I even tried it on my face and it made my skin smoother there as well.

So I’d recommend the coffee trick.

As for the cocoa powder, I did finally get some and try it. On the plus side, it DID darken my legs somewhat.

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Unfortunately, it also rubbed brown stuff everywhere (see the ankle smudge above). So it worked about the same as leg makeup I think.

In any case, the whole experiment gave me an excuse to put my feet up and take a bunch of pictures of my legs to show you.

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You’re welcome.

Mayonnaise Chicken

I just had a little argument with spell-check over how many “n’s” are in mayonnaise. Also over how many “e’s” are in argument.

(The answers are 2 and 1, respectively.) But I digress…

The REAL Housewives of Riverton: Parmesan Mayonnaise Chicken Recipe

My point was, I made baked chicken with mayo.

The above image is from “The Real Housewives of Riverton.” Isn’t it pretty?

My chicken was decidedly less attractive.

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Still, it got two thumbs up from the kids and the husband, so I recommend the recipe:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 chicken breast halves
  • 4 Tbsp Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs
  1. Combine the mayo and cheese in a bowl.
  2. Arrange chicken on a baking sheet.
  3. Top with mayo mixture.
  4. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs.
  5. Bake 20 minutes at 425.

Seriously, it was that easy!

Graham Cracker Cake

Graham Cracker Cake :-)
image from pinterest.com

This is a little but of a Pinterest Monday cheat, since I searched this recipe out on pinterest instead of finding it there originally.

But my neighbor told me her grandma used to make graham cracker cakes and it sounded delicious and fun. Plus my five year old daughter loves graham crackers with icing.

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Well, mostly the icing part.

Basically you just spread icing on graham crackers in a stack to make the shape of a cake, and then let it set overnight in the fridge so it gets soft and cakelike.

We used cinnamon grahams and alternated layers with white icing and cinnamon flavored icing.

<<< Here’s Little Girl being in charge of the white icing.

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Little Boy spread the cinnamon icing.

This is the first time I’ve ever used “Frosting Creations.”

I’ve seen it at the store and thought it was stupid to buy the icing and the flavoring separate. I mean, the icing WITH flavoring in it is the same price as the plain base icing, and it’s right next door on the shelf! Why would I pay double?

Well, call me a sucker because I bought it and it was really good.

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The thing is, they have a huge variety of flavors to choose from, including CINNAMON ROLL.

If you’re interested, you can get a coupon from The Coupon Gal.

Not that I did that, since I can’t plan ahead enough to print out a coupon in advance.

Anyways, going back to the cake… It turned out pretty well.

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The only problem was, we didn’t want to let it set overnight. I mean, once the twins had frosted all those graham crackers (accompanied by me yelling DON’T LICK THE KNIFE! every five seconds), they really wanted to eat the cake.

The directions I read said to wait at least two hours.

We waited one hour.

It wasn’t long enough. The cake was still quite crunchy and crackerlike, not like a cake at all. And it fell apart when I cut it, even though I sliced it diagonally as I’d been instructed.

But still, the twins loved it, and so did the other kids we shared with.

After all, who doesn’t love a straight shot of sugar in the afternoon?

Peanut Butter Cheese Ball

I pinned three different versions of this recipe over the course of the last six months.

Peanut Butter "Cheese Ball".   1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, at room temperature   1 cup powdered sugar   3/4 cup creamy peanut butter (not all-natural)   3 tablespoons packed brown sugar   3/4 cup milk chocolate chips   3/4 cup peanut butter chips   Graham cracker sticks, teddy grahams, and/or apple slices for dipping
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I guess I like peanut butter and chocolate, huh?

Anyways, when I finally made it for my book club, this was delicious. I thought it might have been better as a cheesecake or brownie than as a cheese ball. I mean, why bother dipping stuff in it when you can just bite right into it, right?

Here’s the version I actually made:

Reese's PB Cookie Dough Dip
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  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup semi sweet mini chocolate chips
  • 8oz pkg Reese’s peanut butter cup Minis 

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  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Whisk in the sugar and heat until sugar dissolves (about one minute). Remove from heat immediately add vanilla and allow to cool to room temperature (very important).
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese with powdered sugar and peanut butter until creamy. On low, add in brown sugar mixture (that has cooled to room temperature). Mix until combined. Fold in mini chocolate chips and mini Reese’s cups. Serve immediately or store in refrigerator until ready to serve. Enjoy with pretzels, animal cracker and graham sticks.

…or…JUST EAT IT STRAIGHT!

Seven-Up Biscuits

Recipe for easy 7-up Biscuits

I’ve been seeing this recipe on pinterest and facebook for a while and I thought I’d try it.

It came out really well. Of course, with a stick of melted butter in the mix, how can you go wrong?

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The only note I’d add is, when is says “dough will be very soft”? It means, the “dough will be a big sticky mess.”

I could not cut it into neat circles; I just dropped globs into the pan.

Still, it was good.

By the way,  you can add shredded cheese and garlic and get something similar to Red Lobster cheese biscuits.

Yummy!!

Really, Pinterest?

Will a crayon burn for 30 minutes in an emergency?

In a emergency a crayon will burn for 30 minutes.

Do I really WANT to try this?

What kind of emergency are we talking about anyways?

Beetroot Brownies / Beet Brownies / Beetroot Chocolate Brownies #SummerFest

Beetroot Brownies.

WHAT?

Change. The. Name.

And finally…

“Make Your Own Oreos?”

"Homemade Oreos. Just like "real" Oreos, but without all the chemical garbage. I used Hershey's special dark cocoa, not dutched - resulting cookie tastes EXACTLY like Oreos, with same brown/black color. Filling is even more delicious than original, because there's no shortening. Chill to firm it up after sandwiching together."

WHY exactly would I want to spend hours doing that?

When I can buy the real thing for $2.99?

Some things I just don’t get.

Spaghetti Squash in the Crockpot

I’ve been seeing this on pinterest and wondered if it would really work:

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash in a Slow Cooker
image from healingandeating.com

To be honest, it looks bogus. Just put the whole thing in the crockpot with some water for a couple of hours? That’s it?

But I hate slicing a giant raw squash (It hurts my weak American arms) so I tried it.

Surprise! It worked!

After 2 1/2 hours on high it sliced open quite easily and was all cooked inside. Amazing!

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All I had to do was take out the seeds and then use a fork to get the spaghetti squash scraped out for eating.

Then I went back to pinterest to get a recipe I pinned earlier for “Spaghetti Squash Au Gratin.”

I ran into one of the problems I’ve found more than once on pinterest. I call it Pretty Picture That Leads Nowhere.

If you love Potatoes au Gratin but hate what it does to your waistline, then I have the recipe for you! The Spaghetti Squash au Gratin is simply delectable and healthy! | dandy dishes
If you love Potatoes au Gratin but hate what it does to your waistline, then I have the recipe for you! The Spaghetti Squash au Gratin is simply delectable and healthy! | dandy dishes

You get this lovely image of food marked with glowing recommendations by “other pinners,” and when you try to go to the source and get the recipe…

IT’S NOT THERE!!

There’s no recipe. This food does not really exist.

But I was determined. I searched diligently for the real recipe. I would not rest until I’d found it!

(By which I mean, I Googled “Spaghetti Squash Au Gratin” and clicked on the results.)

It was tough… but I found the recipe!!

(Click here to view it if you’re interested.)

Of course, that doesn’t mean I actually followed said recipe. Here’s what I made:

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  • Half a cooked spaghetti squash
  • half a stick of butter
  • some dried onions
  • a little red pepper
  • a cup of sour cream
  • a cup of shredded cheese

Toss the spaghetti squash strings into a baking dish.

Cut up the butter and put it in while the squash is still hot so it will melt. Then mix in the sour cream and sprinkle the onion and pepper on it, mixing that in as well. Throw the cheese on top.

Cook it at 350 until it’s done. (Maybe 15-20 minutes)

Then feed it to your family with pride.

Because there’s nothing like a healthy vegetable… smothered in butter and cheese.